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Stories of the Olympic Games: Gymnastics

Faster, Higher, Stronger Episode 2 of 4

Daring and danger, skill and beauty combine as this series telling the history of the Olympics continues with the story of gymnastics at the modern Games.

It explores a never-ending pursuit of perfection by athletes constantly pushing their sport to greater and greater levels of technical difficulty, both on the floor and up on the high apparatus. Like Olga Korbut, who transformed gymnastics with revolutionary new routines that risked everything in Munich in 1972; and Nadia Comaneci, who picked up the baton and went one further by scoring the first perfect ten out of ten in an Olympics at Montreal in 1976.

Faster, Higher, Stronger is full of dramatic incident as well as great gymnastic elegance and achievement. One of the most inventive Olympic gymnasts, Vera Caslavska, re-lives the protest she made at the Soviet invasion of her country Czechoslovakia during the 1968 Mexico Games, and Japanese athlete Shun Fujimoto recounts the extraordinary story of how he competed with a broken knee to ensure his team won gold.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Mon 23 Jul 2012 01:15


Role Contributor
NarratorAdrian Lester
NarratorAdrian Lester
Series ProducerAlastair Laurence
Series ProducerAlastair Laurence
DirectorAlastair Laurence
DirectorAlastair Laurence

The Olympians who went faster, higher and stronger

Sebastian Coe

Take a look at the sports people who pushed the limits of human endeavour.